David Wright, captain of the New York Mets, is calling it a career after 14 seasons in the big leagues. Wright, 35, has valiantly battled through back, neck, and shoulder injuries through the past 7 seasons.
He is one of the best Mets of all time. If he does not lead a specific category, he is near the top. Altogether, he is a seven time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner, and holds a place in the 30-30 club. His career has been nothing short of a success.
He was able to taste a World Series in 2015. In Game 3 against the Kansas City Royals, Wright smoked a ball deep into the left center stands. In addition to his two-run homerun, he tacked on another two runs, and propelled the Mets to a Game 3 victory. Although the Mets lost the series, fans will never soon forget that moment.
Not to mention, Wright has been a fan-favorite for many years. He became the fourth captain in New York Mets history in 2013. Because of his astounding performance in the 2013 World Baseball Classic- a grand slam against Italy, and five RBI’s against Puerto Rico- he was bestowed the nickname ‘Captain America.’
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A nickname well suited, he earned his title of Captain. He remained one of the classiest players in the game- ejected only twice through his career. Moreover, Wright was always respectful to reporters and fans, both opposing and non-opposing. He held many charity events to raise money for various causes; he even created the David Wright Foundation, a lesser known organization designed to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Wright has been an example to many, not just baseball players. The way he has handled adversity, how he has conducted himself on and off the field, and most importantly, the loyalty he gave to a depleting organization shows what an incredible man he is. In addition, he was always a team-first player- he denied the opportunity to wear the traditional “C” on his jersey. Furthermore, he always took responsibility for his mishaps on the field.
Wright proved he was one of the most professional players to ever play the game. From personal experience, he was an inspiration to many aspiring baseball players. Kids across the nation- from New York City to Los Angeles to even Franklin, Tennessee- had plenty of reason to love him and want to be like him. Lastly, Wright played the game the “right” way, and his fighting spirit, unadulterated loyalty, and quality character will live past September 29th.
Thank you, Mr. Wright.
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